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This is a provisional 5 years visa. It is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia.

This visa is for a member of the family unit of someone who holds a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

The subclass 491 visa overruled the Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa from 16 November 2019.

Like the 489 visa, applicants for this visa must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or sponsored by an eligible family member residing in a regional area and be invited to apply for the visa, following submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.

Regional areas include everywhere except the metropolitan areas of; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.

The subclass 491 visa will be accessible for more people as over 500 new occupations are eligible to apply under this visa. Moreover, with an aim to meet the demand in regional Australia, 491 visa applicants will receive priority processing as well.

 Basic Eligibility

You must:

  • be nominated to apply by a state or territory government agency, or an eligible relative must sponsor you
  • have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
  • have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • be invited to apply
  • satisfy the points test

Point allocation for the 491 visa

There is a revised points system for the 491 visa so applicants have new ways to earn points towards their score. Applicants will get:

15 points = for nomination by a family member or a regional part of a state or territory, instead of 10 points under subclass 489 visa

10 points = for Masters or PhD level Australian qualification in certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) qualifications; instead of 5 points under subclass 489 visa

Partner points

10 points = if one of the following applies:

Applicant has a skilled partner that means that the partner is under 45 years of age, obtains a positive skill assessment in a j ob on the same shortage list as the main applicant and has Competent English; or

Applicant is without a spouse or de facto partner (single); or

5 points = if applicant has a partner who can demonstrate Competent English but is not eligible for a positive skill assessment.

Points will still apply based on applicant’s age, qualification, years of overseas and/or Australian skilled work experience, Australian study and English skills, as they do under the 489 visa and other skilled visas.

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